Elizabeth Baldin Art
Elizabeth is able to work in most media, but happiest when working in acrylics or watercolours. Her inspiration comes from observing her surroundings in the Berkshire and Hampshire countryside or the Scottish Islands , especially Arran. Capturing the light and atmosphere of a place as it changes so dramatically depending on the weather and the seasons is an ongoing challenge. As a break form painting lanscapes she also paints quirky animals in acrylics and inks using vibrant colours.
My first career was in graphic design. I studied at Bristol Art College, where she qualified with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. I then moved back to Berkshire and for many years was employed as a book designer for a major publishing company. But my passion was always painting and I became a freelance designer in order to be able to devote some more of my time to my art. I first exhibited my paintings in 2007, and from then on concentrated on becoming a full time artist.
Over the years I have worked in oils, acrylics and watercolours, and striven to develop my techniques in all media to widen the scope of my painting. Recently I find I am painting more watercolours mixed with acrylic inks and love the vibrant colours and marks that come from using these two mediums together. I use this method to paint atmospheric landscapes of the Lake District and the Scottish Islands – especially the Isle of Arran which has a beautiful, subdued light.
I also paint impressionist landscapes with acrylics, concentrating on lively brushwork and dynamic colour combinations to depict the Berkshire countryside near my home or the coastal regions of Hampshire and Devon. These paintings are developed from sketches I has made on location which I then develops over many hours back in my studio.
I have exhibited at the Windsor Art Fair, the Reading Contemporary Art Fair, and has taken part in the Henley Arts Trail and the West Berkshire Open Studios Scheme. I am a member of a number of the Reading Guild of Artists as well as a number of local art groups in Berkshire.
Painting is filled with so many new discoveries and challenges for me and it keeps evolving – never standing still. That’s why I’m so hooked.
Mary Dyson Award at the Reading Guild of Artists (joint winner)
I work mainly from sketches and photos which I then work up into larger pieces in the studio. Capturing the feeling of light and atmosphere of a place is the main aim in my paintings. If I have been out sketching on location, I find I can retain the feeling of the day and the surroundings in mind for a long time afterwards, so the studio paintings come more easily when I work from my sketches. But where this is not possible I will work from photos that I have taken instead. It has taken me a long time to develop my ink and watercolour techniques – I find these 2 mediums work really well together and are my current favourites.
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